Indications have emerged that Lagos state government may reduce the controversial tuition fee of the Lagos State University (LASU) by 30 to 40 percent, with an announcement expected today.
This came as the government confirmed the receipt of the report of the Executive committee set up by governor Babatunde Fashola to look into all issues surrounding the tuition fee.
The committee it was learnt submitted its findings to the state Executive Council which subsequently deliberated on it for more than five hours.
Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Lateef Ibirogba told Vanguard at the end of the weekly Monday Executive Council meeting last night, that the state government received the committee’s report and deliberated on it before adjourning to today.
“The Exco meeting on the decision of the recommendations made by the committee on LASU has been adjourned till tomorrow (today). Today (yesterday) after the committee submitted its report, we had a five hours deliberation on it and during the deliberation, and all the issues raised were looked into. Our government is a government that has solid structure and we feel that everything must be thoroughly checked based on its merit.
“On the reduction of the tuition fees, perhaps when we reach the final conclusion on the recommendations made, that is when we will be able to decide if the tuition fee will be reduced or not. At the moment, we are yet to reach agreement on the issues. For us to have spent five hours deliberating on the issues, it showed that we are ready to address the issues immediately. It will be premature to reveal what the committee recommended,” Ibirogba said.
Students of LASU have over the last few weeks protested the ‘ridiculous’ tuition they pay, barricading the governor’s office in the course of their protest.
In a bid to address the issue and ensure academic activities resume in the school, the state government had set up a committee to look into the matter.
If reports are anything to go by, students of the school should expect a 30-40 percent reduction in thee current fees.